From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Ward Bronson '31

Date of birth: August 31, 1910

Date of death: January 29, 1943

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


Ward was lost on January 29, 1943, when USS Chicago (CA 29) was sunk by Japanese torpedo bombers at the Battle of Rennell Island.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in the Naval Academy Cemetery.


As a Lieutenant, Ward was in command of USS Gamble (DD 123) from Sep 10 1937 - Dec 22 1937; the ship was then placed out of commission for nearly two years.

Class of 1931

Ward is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.